Christophe Claret’s Margot
There were no frights in sight in Geneva on Friday night (October 31), just beautiful watches all vying to take home a trophy this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genéve
And the watches in the three categories catering to women’s watches – ladies watch, ladies high mechanical and jewellery – certainly were some of the most stunning. In these categories, Blancpain, Christophe Claret and Bulgari all took home the trophies and, interestingly, the Public Prize, which is voted for by the public attendees of international exhibitions, was also awarded to a women’s watch – Breguet’s Classique Dame.
Blancpain’s Off-Centered Hour
The jury awarded Blancpain’s Off-Centered Hour the Ladies Watch prize, beating the likes of De Grisogono and Harry Winston, while Christophe Claret, quite rightly, was given the Ladies High Mechanical trophy for his Margot. This is Claret’s first ladies’ watch complication and features a mechanism that aims to mimic the “he loves me, he loves me not” game played on daisies. A pusher at 2 o’clock causes petals to randomly disappear on the back of the case, while on the front, the result is spelled out in French – un peu (a little) – beaucoup (a lot) – passionnément (passionately) – à la folie (madly) – pas du tout (not at all).
The flower can be reset by a pusher at 4 o’clock making all petals reappear around the pistil and causing the ‘sentiment’ display at 4 o’clock to an ellipsis (…). It is a beautiful, whimsical complication that only Christophe Claret could have produced.
No less spectacular but for different reasons, is Bulgari’s Diva High Jewellery Emeralds, which won the Jewellery Watch category, despite some stiff competition from brands such as Chanel, Chopard and Graff. This impressive diamond-and-emerald piece really showcases Bulgari’s stone-setting prowess, something that the brand has been proud of since it started.
Bulgari’s Diva High Jewellery watch
The other winners across the more male-dominated categories were Urban Jürgensen’s Central Second for the Men’s Watch prize; De Bethune’s DB29 Maxichrono Tourbillon for the Chronograph category; Grönefeld took home the Tourbillon Watch Prizefor his Parallax, while the Calendar Watch Prize was worn by A. Lange & Söhne’s Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar “Terraluna”. Hublot won the Striking Watch prize for its Classic Fusion Cathedral Tourbillon Minute Repeater, while, unsurprisingly, Urwerk’s EMC was deemed worthy of the Mechanical Exception Watch Prize. The “Petite Aiguille” Prize went to Seiko for its Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT; Zenith triumphed in the Sports Watch category, thanks to its El Primero Lightweight. Omega’s Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” won the “Revival” Watch Prize; Voutilainen won the Artistic Crafts watch prize and the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix was give to Breguet for its Classique Chronométrie.
You may be thinking “what’s this got to do with me? I’ll never get to see these watches”. However, luckily for you they will all be appearing at SalonQP and you can win tickets to attend.
Worth it just to see Christophe Claret’s Margot alone.
Breguet’s Classique Dame